Our Founder and President: Graham Dickson

As Arctic Kingdom’s fearless leader, Graham’s two decades of experience in the Canadian Arctic are behind every adventure. Since the inception of Arctic Kingdom, he has led and overseen hundreds of major expeditions for adventurers, professional photographers, divers, film crews and scientists.

AN ARCTIC EXPEDITION & TOURISM PIONEER
Graham is the founder of Arctic Kingdom, an industry leader in the development and delivery of exceptional Arctic travel and authentic wildlife experiences, and a specialist in polar logistics for film and science.

Since 1999, Graham has led and overseen hundreds of major expeditions for adventurers, photographers, divers, film crews and scientists, from Alaska to the Northwest Passage, Hudson Bay to Ellesmere Island and Greenland to Svalbard. Arctic Kingdom, under Graham’s leadership, has operated expeditions over the past two decades to view, photograph, film and dive with walrus, bowhead whales, narwhals, belugas, and polar bear as well as caribou, muskox and wolves.

Graham was the primary advisor and expedition leader for all Arctic scenes filmed over three years for Disney Nature’s Oceans and dozens of productions since.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is a Fellow of both the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the British Royal Geographical Society. He is a PADI Master Dive Instructor. He is a member of the Nunavut Film board, has served on the Management Committee for Auyuittuq National Park and on the board for Nunavut Tourism. He is featured in the book Face to Face: Polar Portraits by the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Graham was the honoured recipient in 2019 of the Pioneer Award at the Spirit of the Arctic Tourism Summit.

A multilingual leader, skilled in organizing logistically demanding expeditions, Graham is focused on innovations in Arctic travel, combining the best of traditional knowledge with cutting-edge transportation and camps to take visitor experience to new heights and come closer towards realizing the potential of the tourism industry. He and his wife live in Iqaluit.


Our Field Team

Françoise Gervais

Expedition Leader

The spirit of adventure has taken Françoise to some of the most remote and challenging places on earth. A polar guide, adventurer and conservationist, Françoise has participated in a number of oceanographic explorations, led expeditions across the Arctic, and is a member of The Explorers Club. She shares her passion for wild places through her award-winning photography. In fact, she was recognized in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2019 competition and her photo The Challenge was chosen for their Top 100 to be featured in the travelling exhibition.  View Françoise’s photography on Instagram @francoisegervaisephotography.

Nathalie Lasselin

Dive Expedition Leader

An award-winning filmmaker who specializes in underwater and extreme environment expeditions, Nathalie joins the Arctic Kingdom team on our dive expeditions. She is an accomplished explorer, dive instructor for Trimix, cave and rebreather diving, and commercial diver. She shares her passion for geology and marine life through film and photography. View Nathalie’s photography on Instagram @aquapixnat.

Kristyn Thoburn

Vice President of Operations

A former marine biologist, Kristyn was moved by the wildlife, landscapes and people of the north on her first trip to the Arctic in 2004. She has since guided more than 40 expeditions in the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, and Greenland. Kristyn plays a vital role in Arctic Kingdom’s expeditions, field operations, and business processes. She also manages large specialty projects, such as Crystal Cruises, and expeditions for film crews including National Geographic, Disney and BBC.

Dave Briggs

Expedition Leader

Dave has worked all over the globe and has called Arctic Kingdom his home for a decade, leading most of our expeditions. With a passion for photography, Dave has captured many memorable moments from our trips. View Dave’s photography on Instagram @davebriggsphotography